Leslie – Government are returning to the fantasy of having our cake and eating it on Customs Union

Commenting on the release tomorrow [Tuesday] of the Government’s position paper on future UK-EU customs arrangements, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“It looks like the new unified position in the Cabinet is to return the Government to the territory of wanting to have their cake and eat it.

“Ministers claim we can leave the Customs Union and yet still achieve ‘the most frictionless customs agreement anywhere in the world’ but with absolutely no detail about how such a miraculous new system will be achieved.

“It is a fantasy to pretend we can have the freest and most frictionless trade possible with our largest partner when the Government remain intent on pulling Britain out of the Customs Union.

“This is wishful thinking of the highest order. The only way to retain genuinely free trade with Europe, and protect the millions of jobs created by it, is to remain a member of the Customs Union.”